The Red Sox have acquired C/1B Victor Martinez from Cleveland for former Spinners Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone and Bryan Price.
Justin Masterson was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2006 MLB Draft. Masterson began his career here in Lowell going 3-1 with a .85 ERA in 14 games with the Spinners. He made his major league debut on April 24, 2008, pitching six innings of one run ball against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Masterson pitched in 36 games with the Red Sox in 2008 compiling a 3.16 ERA and being a key component of the Red Sox playoff run, as he was an important piece out of the bullpen. This season, Masterson had pitched in 31 games, making six starts, with a 4,50 ERA. Masterson had a bobblehead night in Lowell on July 23rd, 2009.
Nick Hagadone was selected by the Red Sox in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He began his professional career in Lowell in 2007, pitching in 10 games with a 1.85 ERA. Hagadone missed the majority of 2008 after undergoing “Tommy John” surgery and this season with Greenville was 0-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 9 games. Hagadone was regarded as the Red Sox #10 prospect. He is highly regarded, being a power throwing lefthander.
Bryan Price was selected by the Red Sox in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Price began his career in Lowell in 2008 pitching in 12 games and compiling a 3.83 ERA. This season, Price split time between Salem and Greenville, posting a 2.45 ERA in 8 games in Greenville and a 6.54 ERA in 11 games in Salem.
We would like to wish Justin, Nick and Bryan the best of luck in the Cleveland organization, they will never be forgotten by us here in Lowell.
The Vermont Lake Monsters downed the Spinners 5-2, Thursday night during a damp and frustrating night for the Spinners. Starter Cesar Cabral pitched the first inning and came out of the game due to an injury sustained on Adam Amar’s shot off his leg. Once again the Spinners defense plagued them as they committed four errors on the night. These errors all either directly or indirectly led to the five Lake Monster runs.
The Spinners got on the board in the 4th as Derrik Gibson walked, and streaking Ryan Westmoreland singled, to move Gibson to 2nd. With Michael Almanzar batting, a double steal was pulled off by Gibson and Westmoreland, with Gibson scoring on an errant throw by Vermont catcher Sandy Leon. The Spinners would conclude their scoring when Westmoreland cracked his 5th home run of the season deep over the right field fence in the sixth inning. For Westmoreland, he has now hit three homeruns in his last four games, and has an OPS of 1.018 for July.
Justin Masterson took in the game on his bobblehead night, throwing out the first pitch. We would like to thank Justin for always remembering his friends here in Lowell.
The Spinners look to split this short two game series with the Lake Monsters tommorow at 7:05 as Ryan Pressly looks to bounce back from two rough starts in a row and pick up his fourth win on the year.